Cultural Exchange

2017 My American Experience Winning Essay

2017 My American Experience Winning Essay

Each year, American Councils holds an essay contest called "My American Experience." We asked our FLEX, YES, and Cultural Bridges students to reflect on the value of exchange programs for both exchange participants and Americans in their host communities. Here is the winning essay from Mirela, a YES student from Bulgaria placed in Edwardsville, IL!

 

American Councils Leads the Way in Exchange Policy

American Councils Leads the Way in Exchange Policy

On September 16, Executive Vice President of American Councils Lisa Choate and American Councils Local Coordinator Erin Knowles (Calvert County, Maryland) teamed up with The Alliance for International Exchange to present at the International Exchange and Study Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives on the importance of both exchange and raising the host family tax deduction. 

It's Time For International Education Week!

It's Time For International Education Week!

November is almost here, and that means International Education Week will soon be upon us! This year, IEW will be observed from Monday, November 16 to Friday, November 20. 

Please check out these resources:

Official IEW Website -- features logos, banners, etc.

Official IEW Flyer

Local Newspaper Covers FLEX Student's Arrival

Local Newspaper Covers FLEX Student's Arrival

2015-2016 FLEX student Polina Lynova from Kazakhstan was welcomed to her U.S. host community not only by her host family, but also by a reporter with her local newspaper, The Scranton Times. Polina has been in the U.S. for two weeks attending an English language camp in Alabama before departing for her permanent host family on Monday, August 10th. Her Local Coordinator arranged for Polina to speak with someone at the local newspaper to help welcome her into her community.

FLEX Student Hosts Russian Poetry/Literature Night

FLEX Student Hosts Russian Poetry/Literature Night

2014-2015 FLEX-Russia student Yekaterina Sysoyeva hosted "An Evening of Russian Poetry" at Calvert Library, Twin Beaches Branch in Calvert, MD. She collaborated with Megan Timmens, Public Services Librarian at the branch, who also hosted a FLEX student (from Kazakhstan), to create a program of Ancient to Modern poetry. She selected several of the poems and worked with Megan to get additional readers for the event.

YES Alumni Share Their Experiences As Global Citizens

YES Alumni Share Their Experiences As Global Citizens

Recently, the YES program debuted "Global Citizen's Journey" at a YESTalks event in Tunis modeled after the popular TED Talks format. Twelve alumni of the YES program shared their journal from YES students to active alumni.

Having a normal day can change the world

Having a normal day can change the world

Have you considered hosting a foreign exchange student?

By providing an authentic family experience to a foreign exchange student participating in US State Department Programs, you are changing the world. 

It's not hard to host -- you provide the student with a loving, primarily English-speaking environment that includes three meals a day (such as you feed yourself or your family), transportation to school (often a school bus), and a place to sleep.  

YES Students Visit the Capitol to Celebrate End of Year

YES Students Visit the Capitol to Celebrate End of Year

Each year, the YES program holds End-of-Stay events in Washington, DC to prepare students to return to their home countries. This year, the YES program celebrated its 11th year of programming with events that included Senator Lugar, who helped start the Kennedy-Lugar YES program, and Kal Penn, the popular actor and civil servant who has worked closely with President Obama.

From the Archives: American Councils Host Families Share Their Experiences

From the Archives: American Councils Host Families Share Their Experiences

From the archives: American Councils host families speak about the long-term impact of hosting on their families and on their communities in this Huffington Post article. In the words of one of our returning host families: "You can do it! You will never forget the school year these students spend with you. It is so exciting to greet them, and so sad to see them go.

NOW AVAILABLE - Spring 2015 Newsletter!

NOW AVAILABLE - Spring 2015 Newsletter!

We are pleased to announce that our Spring 2015 Newsletter is now available to read HERE! This issue reflects on your year in the U.S. and also features highlights of our spring re-entry workshops.

 

Now that many of you have returned home, we would love to keep in touch with you and hear all about your alumni activities, so that we may feature these in future newsletters and blog posts!

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